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#1 ddibowski

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 01:56 PM

I have two PC’s I want to upgrade to Windows 7.  I have run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor on both PC’s.  The results for both is that they could run Windows 7 64 bit.  I am shopping for Windows 7 on eBay and need help picking the right version.

 

I am going to start with an HP Compac nc6400 laptop running XP 32 bit (not sure if XP had a 64 bit version).  I got this PC from a business where my son used to work.  I would like to take it to 64 bit if I could.  One question I have is can I use Windows 7 Upgrade on this PC since it is likely to have an OEM version of XP installed or do I need a Full version.  Is there any problem moving it to a 64 bit since it is 32 bit XP now?  Is there anything I have to do special to move it to 64 bit?

 

The other is a Dell Inspiron 530 desktop running Vista Home Premium 32 bit.  I am pretty sure undecided whether to move this to Windows 7 64 bit or keep it at 32 bit.  What would be your advice?  I thought I saw you cannot upgrade 32 bit to 64 bit.  Is this true?  Can I use a Windows 7 64 bit Upgrade disk but do a clean install and then reinstall programs and restore data?  Or do I need a Full version of Windows 7 if I want to get to 64 bit? 

 

I appreciate any advice on how to proceed.



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Posted 20 October 2015 - 02:15 PM

If the hardware/mobo is 32bit, you can only place a 32bit OS on it.  Windows 7 32-bit will do nicely.  Whatever you buy, ensure you get a product key that can be validated and authenticated; maybe best if you purchase Install, not simply upgrade.


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Posted 20 October 2015 - 02:53 PM

FWIW:  Every CPU since Pentium 4s...are almost always 64-bit.  Some Pentium Celerons are 64-bit and each of these 64-bit systems can run both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows.

 

People mis-conceive this every day.  Unless you have a very old system

 

The nc6400 has dual-core CPU...it appears that the Inspiron 530s also has dual-core.  Either should have no problem with either a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows up to Win 7, IMO.

 

If you ran the Windows Upgrade Advisor...that should have been enough of an advisement, IMO.

 

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 07:02 PM

Thank you for your responses.  

 

I feel comfortable I could run 64 bit on either PC. 

 

So what what is my path to getting there?  Can I get by with an 64 bit upgrade version for the laptop given it is 32 bit and probably an OEM XP install?

 

I guess I have the same question for the desktop.  Can I upgrade it with a 64 bit upgrade version?  If not can I upgrade it to a 32 bit version, then upgrade the 32 bit Windows 7 to a 64 bit Windows 64?

 

Thanks



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Posted 20 October 2015 - 08:18 PM

Each version of 7 has different features, you can Google the variations to help you decide what you need.  Ram is another consideration 64 bit will allow you to use more than 4 gigs of ram, 4 may be all you need depending on what you use the machines for.  Many go for more than what they need, take a little time to see what suits you.

 

Personally I would pull a the files, photos etc to a USB stick then do a clean install, upgrades many times bring unwanted junk along with them.


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Posted 20 October 2015 - 09:41 PM

Louis, thanks for helping me understand better!  It's the proc, not the mobo, again thanks!


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Posted 21 October 2015 - 08:50 AM

I knew when I said "version" I knew I was asking for trouble.  I know I want Windows 7 Home Premium version.  

 

My question is really what install disk to buy.  I know I don't want OEM.  Can I use Update disk or do I have to buy a Full disk in order to move from 32 bit XP laptop and Vista desktop to 64 bit PCs?






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